SATURDAY 1 MAY 2004
by Colin Cross
Both feature races at
Laleston proved to be thrilling affairs. KHATANI overcame odds-on favourite
SOHAPARA in the Menís Open under Lee Stephens. This was a particularly
good effort as KHATANI was giving the runner-up 12 pounds. KHATANI loves to
hear his hooves rattle and will be hard to beat for the remainder of the
BRETCHE, second in the
corresponding race last year made all the running in the Ladies Open to
defeat DE CHELLY by five lengths with DETROIT DAVY third.
The Hunt race was won by
the blinkered PETE THE PAINTER and James Tudor. They made all the running to
win by a distance from the only other finisher THE LAST SHOOT.
CHESNUT WOOD slipped up on the bend with three fences to jump but
appeared to be held at the time.
QUESTIONAIRE and Marc
Barber never gave odds on backers any worries in the Confined race, taking
over the lead at half way she was never challenged and won as she liked by 8
lengths and a distance from RATHGIBBON and LIKE THE BUZZ.
NATIVE KNIGHT, a warm order in the Restricted race, decided to give
his opponents upwards of thirty lengths start. He gradually made up the
ground and briefly took the lead 3 fences out, however, the exertions were
to prove too much and he faded to finish fourth.
The race went to ALL FOR
JAKE and Dai Jones who had been prominent most of the way. He prevailed by 6
lengths from DEEP DALE with
The 5, 6, & 7 yrs
Maiden was won in emphatic style by TROEDRHIWDALAR and Dai Jones by a
distance from CAPACOOSTIC.
The older horses maiden was
equally smoothly won by